Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/11/10
Bobby Hill scored two goals, Keith Dreyer and Mark Jackson had a goal and two assists each and Drew Kennedy dominated at the face-off X as visiting Malvern Prep topped Germantown Academy, 6-4, today to clinch at least a tie for the Inter-Ac League boys’ lacrosse championship.
The win capped a 6-2 league season for the Friars (11-6 overall). Haverford School (5-2) can tie them for the crown with a win over host Penn Charter on Thursday.
Henry Lobb and Mike Dougherty also scored for Malvern Prep and Andrew O’Connell was solid in goal.
First-year coach Dan Keating said his Friars – beset by injuries in the first half the year – overcome adversity to peak at the right time.
“I think it came down to getting our guys healthy and slowly chipping away at finding out what our strengths are as a team,” he said. “Getting Ryan Creighton back – even though he’s not 100 percent – was also a big thing for our team.”
Creighton, a midfielder who has signed with North Carolina, returned to the lineup at attack several weeks ago and has helped solidify Malvern’s offense.
“We got him back into the mix when we bat Haverford School the first time,” Keating said. “He’s just a leader in the offense and he forces defenses to play us differently.”
Malvern Prep still has three non-league games before it begins play in the Inter-Ac Championship Tournament. The Friars will get one of the two first-round byes in the six-team tourney that also will include Lawrenceville – a team Malvern plays today.
“The team has come together at the right time of the year,” Keating said. “And we look forward to the challenges that lie ahead, starting with Lawrenceville. We also want to give an exceptional effort in the tournament.”
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